Around Town First Day May 21, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

SUMMER SPLASH — The School’s Out Summer Splash, hosted by 7024U Youth Outreach Center, will be held from 1-4 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex. The event will feature the Splash Pad, a mud pit, volleyball and basketball courts, food and entertainment. For more information, call 7024U at 736-7024 or visit www.7024u.webs.com.
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LITERACY COUNCIL CLOSURE — The Artesia Literacy Council will be closed today through Sunday, May 31, to move to its new location at Living Well Church of the Nazarene, 1902 W. Main St. The ALC will reopen Monday, June 1. For more information, call 748-9740.
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DAV DRIVE — The DAV will hold its annual forget-me-not and membership drive Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, at Fenn’s Country Market.
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ST. ANTHONY SPEAKER — Amanda Ramsey, director of the Pregnancy Help Center, will speak before mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church on what the pro-life facility has to offer, as well as information on volunteering. All are invited.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The sheriff’s office deputies will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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PUBLIC LIBRARY — The Artesia Public Library will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.
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STREET CLOSURE — Bulldog Plumbing and Mechanical, LLC, will be closing the 2500 block of West Missouri Avenue for approximately ending Tuesday, May 26 in order to complete utility work.
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HOSPITAL BOARD — The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room.
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MEGA SPORTS CAMP — A Mega Sports Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, through Thursday, June 4, at Zia Intermediate School. Students may choose one sport – football, soccer, basketball or cheerleading – to work on all week. For more information, call 746-6195.
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BASKETBALL CAMP — The Bulldog basketball team will host a kids’ camp for children in grades 1-8 from 1-4 p.m. June 1-3 at the Artesia High School old boys’ gym. Cost is $45 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt and basketball. The camp will feature drills, scrimmages, contests, positive attitude sessions, and a concession stand. Each day, campers should bring clean gym shoes, workout clothes and camp t-shirt, and money for concession. Registration will be held from noon – 1 p.m. June 1 at the gym. For more information, contact coach Michael Mondragon at 308-3524.
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STEM CAMP — The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will host a Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for girls in grades 2-12 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, through Thursday, June 4, at the program center, 2703 W. Main St. Cost is $25 per girl. There will be a field trip to the Artesia Police Department and animal shelter. To register or for more information, contact Melanie Lipman at 575-887-2577 or mlipman@gsdsw.org.
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USSSA SOFTBALL — The deadline to enter Artesia’s USSSA men’s and co-ed summer softball leagues is June 5. Entry fee of $420 per team (umpire fee included) must be paid in full. The season will begin June 18; games will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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TRAVELING DUMPSTERS — Artesia Clean & Beautiful and HollyFrontier are hosting traveling dumpsters at the following locations: through May 24, corner of Third Street and Hermosa Drive; May 25-31, Bulldog Bowl parking lot; June 1-7, corner of 10th Street and Missouri Avenue. Do not bring household hazardous waste or tires. For more information, call 748-3192.
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SUMMER WRESTLING CLINIC — The Artesia Wrestling Club will host a summer wrestling clinic for boys and girls ages 5-15 from 8-10 a.m. for grades 1-5 and 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for grades 6-12 June 8-13 at the Artesia Family Fitness Center, 401 W. Texas Ave. All skill levels welcome. Bring current insurance and emergency contact information. Cost is $95 (includes t-shirt), due at the time of registration. Registration will be from 7-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Fitness Center. Late sign-ups are allowed. For more information, contact Eric Zottneck at 420-0059 or pastoreric@livingwellchurch.net.
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LADY ‘DOG BASKETBALL CLINIC — The Lady Bulldog basketball team will host a basketball clinic from 1-3 p.m. for children in grades K-3 and 1-4 p.m. for grades 4-9 June 8-11 at the Artesia High School old boys’ gym. Cost is $25 for grades K-3 and $35 for grades 4-9, and includes a camp t-shirt and basketball. The clinic will feature instruction from the Lady ‘Dogs and coaches, concession, contests, and player autographs. To pre-register, contact coach Jeff Houghtaling at 308-7661 or jhoughtaling@bulldogs.org. Registration the day of the clinic will begin at 12:30 p.m.
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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM — Registration for the Artesia Center’s summer youth recreation program begins June 8 and runs through July 24. Cost is $50 per child. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal or Miriam Kramer at 748-0299.
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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW — Smokin’ on the Pecos is accepting applications now for the 2015 Art, Craft and Trade Show, scheduled for June 26-27 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.smokinonthepecos.us or contact Leah Boone at 513-2863.
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KITCHEN MAMAS — The Eddy County Fair is July 20-25, and the Kitchen Mamas are seeking volunteers. Help is needed for open class entries, judging, and displaying on July 18, as well as for the kitchen and take-down at the end of the fair. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the fair or who just has an hour or so to give may contact Mary Karr at 365-7192 or Diana Thompson at 513-1762.
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CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Westside Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 736-0201.
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GIRL SCOUT CAMP — Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Resident Camp is accepting registrations for the 2015 Summer Camp Mitre Peak in Alpine, Texas. One-, two- or three-week options are available for girls ages 7-18. Activities will include hiking, swimming, archery, rappelling, horseback riding, and more. Need not be registered Girl Scouts to attend; transportation and scholarships are available. For more information, contact Maria Landrie at 746-9846, ext. 105, or mescamilla@gsdsw.org, or visit www.gsdsw.org.
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FAMILY NIGHT VOLLEYBALL — The Artesia Center will host Family Night Volleyball from 5:30-9 p.m. each Monday. All are welcome. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal or Miriam Kramer at 748-0299.
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ON THE MOVE — On the Move is seeking volunteers and donations to help the homeless and those in need. Anyone interested in volunteering or becoming a board member may call 708-0033.
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CVE OPEN FOR BUSINESS — Central Valley Electric Cooperative is open at 1403 N. 13th St. for all service and bill paying needs. Do not let the construction discourage you from visiting. The drive-through is temporarily closed, but CVE staff will meet customers at their vehicles if they are unable to enter the building; call 746-3571 from your cell phone. CVE apologizes for any inconvenience.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice’s Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. The group is open to any caregiver of the chronically and terminally ill and is free of charge. For more information, contact Samantha at 575-887-0933.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple Assembly of God. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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MEALS ON WHEELS — Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.